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Lamonts Across America (genealogy)

By [Lamont, Corliss]

Ottsville, PA: Mary Whitney, 1986. Limited edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. Number 4 of the limited edition of this genealogical work, presented to Corliss Lamont (1902 - 1995), American socialist philosopher, professor, and advocate of variety of causes pertaining to civil liberty. Lamont served as director of the ACLU for 3 decades, starting in the 1930s, and taught at Columbia, Cornell, the New School and Harvard. Includes a state by state list of Lamont family members. 8vo, [200] pp, b&w illustrations. Blue gilt faux leather covers.

$75.00

History of the Society of Iconophiles of the City of New York
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History of the Society of Iconophiles of the City of New York

By Lawrence, Richard Hoe

New York: Society of Iconophiles, 1930. Limited edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. First edition, limited issue, one of 186 copies, illustrated with numerous collotype plates, all very bright and clean. The society was formed in 1894 by William L. Andrews (1837-1920), "in search of the historical and picturesque" in order to preserve the historical heritage of the city of New York. Includes catalogues of prints and books published by the Society. 4to, xii, color frontispiece, 290pp, plates, teg. Original quarter tan morocco with tan boards. Gilt emblem of the society at the front board, gilt title to spine. Spine gently rubbed, front board slightly dusty; plates bright and clean.

$200.00

A New Conductor Generalis: Being a Summary of the Law Relative to the Duty and Office of the Justice of the Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners, Constables, Jurymen, Overseers of the Poor ... A Variety of Practical Forms
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A New Conductor Generalis: Being a Summary of the Law Relative to the Duty and Office of the Justice of the Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners, Constables, Jurymen, Overseers of the Poor ... A Variety of Practical Forms

Albany NY: D. & S. Whiting at the Albany Book Store, 1803. Hardcover. Very good overall. Albany imprint of this American work on procedural law, first published in Philadelphia in 1722, and containing a lengthy section on slaves. During this period slavery was still legal in New York state. The section pertaining to slaves details how an owner would free a slave; how an owner would be discharged from maintaining them; the status of children born of slaves in New York and more. Of children, the law stipulates, "Every child born of a slave within this state, after the 4th day of July 1799, shall be free; but shall remain the servant of the owner of its mother ..." (p422). This 1799 law was the first gradual emancipation law passed in New York state. 8vo, xv, 479 pp, errata. Dark brown gilt leather, red leather spine label. Boards lightly rubbed; text in very good condition. Period owner signature in ink on title page, Walton Street or Streel. OCLC: 2494028.

$95.00

G. C. Verplanck ALS letter to NY Comptroller Silas Wright about tax bill on land in the Hardenburgh Patent belonging to Verplanck Sr
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G. C. Verplanck ALS letter to NY Comptroller Silas Wright about tax bill on land in the Hardenburgh Patent belonging to Verplanck Sr

By Verplanck, Gulian Crommelin

1831. Otherwise very good condition. A manuscript letter requesting information about taxes on the Verplanck land within the Hardenburgh Patent, addressed to Hon. Silas Wright Jr., Comptroller, Albany, NY. Dear Sir I obtained last spring from your office the bill for my father's taxes on land in the Hardenburgh patent, which has since been unluckily (sic) misplaced. I will trouble you to send me by mail another copy. The lands are those in the Hardenburgh patent charged to Samuel Verplanck or his heirs or Dan'l G. Verplanck (not those of Gulian Verplanck or his heirs). I shall send you a tariff pamphlet of my own special views in a day or two. Our election is likely to be very harmonious, except perhaps a local Ninth ward quarrel about Arnold, which we also tried to avert. I am yours. G. C. Verplanck The Hardenburgh Patent was a large tract of land (approximately two million acres) in Ulster, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Delaware Counties, New York, purchased in 1707 from Native Americans for 60 Pounds. The original 7 parcels were further subdivided in 1749, and Daniel Verplanck (G.C. Verplanck's father) became an owner of 3/16 of the property. [www.Hardenburgh.org] Gulian Crommelin Verplanck (1786-1870) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee at this point in his career. Silas Wright Jr. was Comptroller of New York State, and was to be a future Senator and Governor of New York State. Verplanck was a resident of Beacon NY and is buried in Trinity Church Cemetery in Fishkill, NY. Cream paper, 8 x 10", 4pp, original folds, address on verso, free franked on address leaf, some splits at folds.

$125.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Second Session (1829)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-Second Session (1829)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1829. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the opening of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. Covers the period of the short tenure of Martin Van Buren as Governor (he resigned to become US Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson) and the first year of Enos T. Throop's governorship. Defective, lacks title page, preliminaries, text to p4. Folio volume, 5 - 589pp, Appendices A through I, xlviii Index. Boards lacking, spine perished. As is.

$100.00

Metropolitan Life Unveiled; or the Mysteries and Miseries of America's Great Cities, embracing New York, Washington City, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and New Orleans
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Metropolitan Life Unveiled; or the Mysteries and Miseries of America's Great Cities, embracing New York, Washington City, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and New Orleans

St. Louis, MO: Anchor Publishing Co., 1882. Hardcover. Good + overall. Controversial period literature describing the 5 cities and "unmasking social evils" therein. "...[T]hey [descriptions] are not prompted by pessimistical reflections but rather to show the dark and ominous sides of national life..." Topics covered include: prostitution, polygamy, gold mines and mining, social conditions, the rich, the poor, scandals, cunning frauds, religious worship, peculiarities of the Chinese, Mormans, Negro superstitions... O8vo, brown calf rebacked with original spine laid down, original black spine label and gilt title, 606pp, color frontispiece, numerous wood block illustrations throughout. Spine and edges rubbed, interior clean and bright. OCLC: 19651066 at 4 libraries.

$95.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-First Session (1828)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Fifty-First Session (1828)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1828. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the opening of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. The Canal was a great success, allowing New York to rapidly recoup the money spent on its construction through tolls. Covers the period the Legislature met from January 1 to December 10, 1828, during the fourth year of DeWitt Clinton's second term as Governor, and (following his death), during Nathaniel Pitcher's tenure. Folio volume, 1210 pp, Appendices A through F, xlviii Index. Three quarter tan leather with blue paper covered boards. Boards damp stained, front board loose but holding, spine perished. Early leaves damp stained at edges. As is.

$100.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty-Third Session (1820)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty-Third Session (1820)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1821. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the construction of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. Covers the period the Legislature met, from January 4 to April 14, 1820, during the third year of DeWitt Clinton's governorship. At the time, New York's politicians were split in two camps: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. In addition, the Democratic-Republican Party was split into two factions: the Clintonians and the Bucktails (supported Martin Van Buren and the Tammany Hall machine). Defective, lacks preliminaries, title page; begins with p5. Final leaves of Index lacking (includes up to p xvi). Folio volume, 5 - 1024 pp, Index. Boards lacking, spine perished. As is.

$100.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty- Fifth Session (1822)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty- Fifth Session (1822)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1822. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the construction of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. Covers the period of the fourth year of DeWitt Clinton's governorship. At the time, New York's politicians were split in two camps: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. In addition, the Democratic-Republican Party was split into two factions: the Clintonians and the Bucktails (supported Martin Van Buren and the Tammany Hall machine). Defective, lacks title page, preliminaries; early pages ruffled, chipped at edge; text begins at p3; final leaves of Index lacking. Folio volume, 3 - 1130 pp, Appendices A & B, xxiv Index. Boards lacking, spine perished. As is.

$100.00

Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty- Fourth Session (1820-1821)
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Journal of the Assembly of the State of New-York, at Their Forty- Fourth Session (1820-1821)

Albany: E. Croswell, 1821. First edition. Hardcover. Fair. Legislative record of the New York Assembly in the period of the construction of the Erie Canal and the state's official outlawing of slavery. The Clerk's Office copy, with "Clerks Office" in period ink written at the top of the title page. Covers the period the Legislature met, from November 7, 1820, to April 3, 1821, during the fourth year of DeWitt Clinton's governorship. At the time, New York's politicians were split in two camps: the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. In addition, the Democratic-Republican Party was split into two factions: the Clintonians and the Bucktails (supported Martin Van Buren and the Tammany Hall machine). Defective, lacks preliminaries preceding title page; final leaves of Index lacking (includes up to p xxviii; following page mostly torn away). Folio volume, 1141 pp, Appendix, xxviii Index. Boards lacking, spine perished. As is.

$100.00

Report to the Aqueduct Commissioners, by the President, James C. Spencer ... Giving a Review of the Work of the Aqueduct Commission to January First, A.D. 1887 ... Presentation copy
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Report to the Aqueduct Commissioners, by the President, James C. Spencer ... Giving a Review of the Work of the Aqueduct Commission to January First, A.D. 1887 ... Presentation copy

By Spencer, James

New York: Aqueduct Commissioners, 1887. First edition. Hardcover. Good + condition. A presentation copy from one of the Aqueduct Commissioner & Commissioner of Public Works, John Newton, of the report on the construction of the New Croton Aqueduct, which replaced the existing water supply for New York City, the Old Croton Aqueduct. The Report is illustrated with photogravures of the aqueduct under construction. A printed presentation slip is tipped in at front free endpaper, "Compliments of John Newton", and the number written in ink at the top of the page, No. 1497. The New Croton Aqueduct still supplies water to the city today. It is one of 3 supply systems and runs from the New Croton Reservoir (Westchester County) to the Jerome Park Reservoir in the Bronx. Folio, frontispiece, 23 photogravure plates, folding tables, 4 maps, blueprints. Bound in full brown gilt leather, corners rubbed, spine ends chipped, otherwise sound. OCLC: 977564819 records only 2 copies, at the University of Toronto.

$650.00

Sunnyside - on - Hudson
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Sunnyside - on - Hudson

By Currier & Ives

New York: Currier & Ives, 115 Nassau St., 1877. View of Washington Irving's home on the Hudson, with the river in the background. Irving was considered America's first full-time man of letters. Lithograph with handsome original hand color, the paper toned overall, the color very bright. 12 3/8 x 9" with standard margins. Framed in a handsome period wood gilt rimmed frame with acid free mat and backing. Not listed in Conningham; Gale-6358. The other more common C & I "Sunnyside-on-the-Hudson" is Conningham no. 5893. The Currier and Ives address at 115 Nassau St. covers the period between 1877-1894.

$375.00

Historic Tales of Olden Time: Concerning the Early Settlement and Advancement of New-York city and State.  For the Use of Families and Schools
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Historic Tales of Olden Time: Concerning the Early Settlement and Advancement of New-York city and State. For the Use of Families and Schools

By Watson, John F.

New York: W. E. Dean, printer; Collins and Hannay, 1832. First edition. Hardcover. Good condition. Lovely lithographic views of New York City contained in this volume, including a frontispiece with 2 lithographic views of New York City: "Fort Amsterdam & Village 1623" & "New York 1832", and 9 other views. Small 8vo, v, [iii] pp, 214 pp. Bound in the original red quarter cloth and green paper covered boards with the printed spine label. Spine chipped at top, boards rubbed; some fox spotting throughout. OCLC: 1102017451 records a copy at the Library of Congress.

$145.00

Parkway and Parks in the Taconic State Park Region. Map

By [New York Map] Welcke, Robert A.

Varick Street, New York: Robert A. Welcke, 1936. Very good condition. A color folding map extending north/south from Columbia County/Great Barrington to Westchester County/Mohansic Park and west/east Hudson River to Mohawk State Forest and Park. Scale is 5 miles = 2 inches. Robert A. Welcke (fl. 1876 - c. 1940) was a photolithographer active in New York in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century. Welcke's firm, Robert A. Welcke Offset Company, was based at 176 William Street. Welcke's corpus of work ranges from maps of New York and Connecticut to illustrations on Flemish Renaissance interiors to government maps and brochures to decorative sheet music covers. 17 x 28", cream paper, original folds, one corner folded. Very clean. OCLC: 820009986 at one library.

$75.00

Map of Fort Constitution, Martelaers Rock [and] engraving of Boom and Chain at West Point

New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1863. Very good condition. A map of Fort Constitution showing its location and proximity to West Point, along with an engraving. of the Boom and chain that extended from West Point to Martelaers Rock during the Revolutionary War. 8vo, b&w, disbound, very clean.

$75.00

An Abridgment of Lectures on Rhetoric

By [Hudson River; Livingston family copy] Blair, Hugh

Poughkeepsie: Paraclete Potter, 1813. Hardcover. Good condition. Livingston family copy (important Hudson River family, owners of about three dozen mansions in the area) of this scarce Poughkeepsie imprint of this work on rhetoric. Published by Paraclete Potter (1780 - 1858) a bookseller and journalist who edited the Poughkeepsie Journal for almost thirty years. According to an article in the 1873 'Historical Magazine', Potter also opened a bookstore, which included a reading room frequented by prominent New Yorkers. Small 8vo, 299 pp, [1] pp ads. Disbound, covers lacking; corner of p 119 torn away, affecting some text. As is.

$45.00

Keep Nyack the Gem of the Hudson
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Keep Nyack the Gem of the Hudson

By Radford, William A.

New York: William A. Radford, 1928. Staplebound. Good + overall. Architectural plans for 26 home designs with full color illustrations and articles. With the Nyack lumber company Gregory & Sherman advertising on the front cover. Wonderfully decorative full color images and floor plans. 4to, 32pp, staplebound, paper wraps, some damp stain on front and back covers, internally clean and bright.

$175.00

North Dakota spirits company pays for wine from Hammondsport New York
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North Dakota spirits company pays for wine from Hammondsport New York

By [Grand Forks, North Dakota; Urbana Wine Company; Hammondsport, NY]

1883. Very good condition. A letter and money draft from Armstrong, Bushee & Co. - wholesaler for whiskey, wine, beer, cigars based in Grand Forks, North Dakota - on letterhead paying for wine from the New Urbana Wine Co. of Hammondsport, New York [Finger Lakes]. These were sent six years before Statehood and 13 years after the founding of Grand Forks. The Urbana Wine Company was established in 1865, and known as the Urbana Wine Company until 1881 when it was reorganized under the name of "New Urbana Wine Company". Renamed "Urbana Wine Company" in 1896, and reorganized during Prohibition and named Gold Seal Products Company until the repeal of Prohibition, when the company changed its name back to "Urbana Wine Company, Inc." During Prohibition the company produced sacramental wine. The company applied for the Gold Seal trademark in 1887. After Prohibition, Edwin Stewart Underhill, Jr., President of the company went to Rheims, France and brought Charles Fournier, from Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, where he served as Production Manager. He became the winemaker and production manager of Urbana Wine Company, and although intending to stay just a few years, remained employed there the rest of his life. He introduced several important French-American Hybrid grape varieties into the production of wine. He was made president of the company in 1951. The company was known for introducing the European Vitis vinifera grape to the United States and for its production of Finger Lakes champagne. (Wikipedia). 5 1/2 x 8 1/2", cream lined paper, original folds.

$150.00

"Abstract of the Title of the Long Island Improvement Co. Limited to a Tract of 2442 Acres of Land at Medford, L. I." with Manuscript hand colored map
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"Abstract of the Title of the Long Island Improvement Co. Limited to a Tract of 2442 Acres of Land at Medford, L. I." with Manuscript hand colored map

By [Corbin, Austin; John A. Bowman; Long Island Rail Road Company]

Riverhead, New York, 1885. Hardcover. Very good condition. The original manuscript title to a very large tract of land near Brookhaven Long Island acquired by John A. Bowman from the individual proprietors and conveyed here by Bowman in its entirety to the Long Island Improvement Company Ltd. The Long Island Improvement Company was formed by Austin Corbin, then president of the L. I. Rail Road and others in 1881. Corbin sought the land in order to develop expensive summer residences on Long Island; Bowman was acting as Corbin's agent in the acquisition of this valuable property. Austin Corbin (1827 - 1896) was an American railroad executive, plantation owner, resort operator, banker and robber baron. In Iowa, as a bank president, he engaged in mortgage scams. Later, through theft and corruption he consolidated the individual rail lines into the profitable Long Island Rail Road. He was widely despised in his day: Puck (Sept 1882) printed a caricature in which Corbin appears at a Louis XIV styled party, where he carouses with Jay Gould and other robber barons. The Abstract, a bound sml. folio volume, records that Bowman paid $5 per acre for most of the parcels in 1882, then conveyed (January of 1883) the incalculably valuable entire tract to the LI Improvement Co for $1. The Abstract volume concludes with the Suffolk County embossed seal and is signed by the Clerk at Riverhead, 1st June 1885. It includes the ownership history of each parcel, as well as a history of the town of Brookhaven from its founding. The Abstract volume is accompanied by the original hand colored manuscript map on architectural vellum of the entire tract with silk ribbon binding, showing the 25 property owner names and parcel sizes. Surveys were conducted by Justus Roe. The map is titled, "Map of Property of the Long Island Improvement Company (Limited) at Medford LI". The scale is 300 feet to the inch. The northern boundary of the tract shows the Brewster Terry Property and Horse Block Road; the western edge defined by Tunnel and Progues Road and the Austin Roe and Daniel Gerard property; the southern boundary with Georgianna Rider property and Canaan and Medford Roads; the eastern boundary with the Robinson property and Lime Road. The Long Island RR can be seen running from east to west at approximately one third of the way through the tract at the north side. The map signed in ink at the lower right corner, E. H. H. Forder. The Abstract bound in full gilt tan leather, 9 x 14 3/4", attorney's name stamped in gilt at lower corner, James Armstrong, Attny 115 B'Way, N. Y. Boards slightly rubbed; front board detached but present. Pages very bright and clean. The map 67 x 44", a few short splits at folds, but very bright and clean, in very good + condition. A remarkable record of Long Island land speculation in the late 1880s.

$4500.00

Green-Wood Illustrated. In Highly Finished Line Engraving, from Drawings Taken on the Spot
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Green-Wood Illustrated. In Highly Finished Line Engraving, from Drawings Taken on the Spot

By Smillie, James; Nehemiah Cleaveland

New York: R. Martin, 1847. Hardcover. Good condition. Part of the Robert Martin series on American rural cemeteries, this work on Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn NY, with fine engravings by James Smillie, the noted engraver of landscapes, and bank note engraver. With a maple leaf impression still retaining some original color, made by a previous owner & titled in pencil, 'Valley of Connecticut 1862' on the title page tissue guard. 4to, 95pp, map with vignettes, and 19 full page steel engravings. Three quarter green leather and gilt decorated green cloth, with gilt illustration on front board titled "Entrance to Greenwood". Boards present but lacking spine Plates mostly bright and clean. As is.

$125.00

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